Magic John­son says he wants to ‘call the shots’ with Lak­ers

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - JOSH PETER LOS AN­GE­LES —

Magic John­son said he wants to “call the shots” for the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers, a week af­ter it was an­nounced he has re­joined the team as an ad­viser to owner Jeanie Buss.

“Work­ing to call the shots, be­cause it only works that way,” John­son told USA To­day Sports when asked what he hopes his role with the fran­chise will be. “Right now, I’m ad­vis­ing. I get that. But at the end of the day, then we all got to come to­gether and some­body’s got to say, ‘I’m mak­ing the fi­nal call,’ all right? And who’s that go­ing to be? “So, we’ll see what hap­pens.” John­son, the former Lak­ers great, said the de­ci­sion about his role rests with Jeanie Buss, whose brother Jim has been in charge of the fran­chise since their f ather, Jerry, died in 2013. Dur­ing the 2013-14 sea­son, Jim Buss said he would step down af­ter three to four years if the fran­chise was not yet com­pet­ing for NBA ti­tles again.

The Lak­ers, win­ners of 16 NBA cham­pi­onships, are 18-37 this sea­son and a com­bined 65-181 dur­ing the three pre­vi­ous sea­sons.

“Look, Jim knows where we are, Jeanie knows where we are as a fran­chise, and so some de­ci­sions have to be made,” John­son said, adding that he thinks his role will be deter­mined by the end of the sea­son. “I may only be in this role for a short term, I may be here for a long time. We’ll just have to wait and see what hap­pens. I can’t tell you that right now.”

John­son said it will take two to three years to re­build the Lak­ers into one of the top teams in the West­ern Con­fer­ence.

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